If you have been injured in a car accident, it’s important to protect your right to full compensation. Mistakes that you make in the first few days after the accident can be hard to correct later.
Here are five mistakes you should avoid if you suffered an injury in a crash:
- Not seeking medical treatment: Even if you do not feel injured, go to the doctor and make sure you are all right. Sometimes symptoms of injury do not arise until days after the accident. If you do not get treatment, the insurance company of the other driver may claim your injuries are not serious.
- Discussing fault: Even if the other driver was primarily at fault, any admissions of fault on your part could reduce the amount of your recovery.
- Making a recorded statement: If the insurance company of the other driver asks you to make a recorded statement, politely decline until you receive legal advice. Any statements you make can be used against you.
- Accepting a settlement: Once you accept a settlement, your case is over- even if your injuries turn out to be more serious than you first thought. Don’t settle your case until you know what your future needs will be.
- Discontinuing treatment: Continue your medical treatment until you recover your health as fully as possible. If you discontinue treatment due to cost concerns or you feel you are not getting better, the insurance company may claim that you are no longer injured.
The law firm of Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, LLP in Miami offers a free initial consultation to answer your questions and explain your rights if you have been injured in a Florida auto accident.